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  • Honora Wall

Precision > Guessing for dyscalculia

Precision is better than guessing! Students with dyscalculia often guess at an answer, and they're close, but they need to be precise. Guessing gives the wrong answer, but precision confirms a guess and gives the correct answer.

Encourage precision by using the right tools: a 1 to 100 chart, a multiplication list, or a calculator. Refer to notes and worked examples. Double check vocabulary. Be precise with your work!

Teachers, don't ask "What's six times nine?" Instead, ask questions like, "Look up six times nine on the multiplication list and tell me what you find". Precision reinforces the right information. Guessing leaves students, well, guessing at the right answer.

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